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Peter Jackson: Second 'Hobbit' film has 'less humor'
Were there too many jokes, goofy wizards and pratfalls in "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" for your taste? Well, then director Peter Jackson has some good news for you about the upcoming second film in the J.R.R. Tolkien-derived trilogy, "The Desolation of Smaug,"
"This has less humour in it for sure," Jackson revealed to Empire. "The first film was where we allowed ourselves to try and capture something of the children's book, but it is really not appropriate to do that anymore. Some pretty serious stuff is going down and it is important that we don't undercut that now."
That "serious stuff" includes the inclusion of the titular dragon (voiced by "Star Trek Into Darkness" star Benedict Cumberbatch).
Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, James Nesbitt, Christopher Lee and Cate Blanchett repise their "Hobbit" roles, while "LOTR" vet Orlando Bloom returns to middle Earth and newcomer Evangeline Lilly ("Lost") joins the fray.
Jackson also recently announced that "Smaug" won't be paneling at this month's Comic-Con, due to scheduling conflicts.
"An Unexpected Journey" grossed over $1 billion worldwide.
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" opens December 13, 2013.